Tamilnad Mercantile Bank has declared an interim dividend of Rs 900 Rs 10 shares for the fiscal ending march 2014. The board of this Tuticorin-headquartered bank took a decision to this effect at a meeting on 18 January. According to bank sources, this would translate into an outgo of Rs 25.6 crore. This interim dividend payment is said to be the highest in the banking industry and this is the second year in a row that the bank has declared such a high dividend. It may be recalled that the bank’s board had approved a dividend of Rs 750 per share for 2008-09 and Rs 1,000 per share the following year, but could not make the payment as the annual general meetings for 2009-10 and 2010-11 were not held due to legal issues. The AGMs for the subsequent years have also not been held till date. As a result of the legal tangles, the bank has been compelled to hold back some major decisions, including the plan to go for an initial public offering. The bank’s shares continue to trade at between Rs 60,000 and Rs 65,000 a share in the informal market.